Best Wishes to Thursday’s Winner of the ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway!

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Cory and Candace Baitz will enjoy a very presidential and romantical Valentine's Day, thanks to OpenTable, Limos.com, and Photoshop.

OpenTable and Limos.com are so sad (in a Carol Burnett kinda way) that our four-day giveaway has come to a close, but we are VERY glad to extend sincere congratulations to Cory Baitz (and his lovely wife Candace) of Chicago, Illinois, for winning Thursday’s OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway prize package. Mr. Baitz will receive a $200 AMEX gift card plus a limousine ride, courtesy of Limos.com.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our giveaway with Limos.com. Happy Valentine’s Day, and be sure to look for more opportunities to win as we celebrate the many holidays of 2011!

Restaurants Are the Place to Celebrate Valentine’s Day, According to New Survey

Valentines Day 2011 Dining Survey Restaurants Are the Place to Celebrate Valentine’s Day, According to New Survey
Diners are in the mood for romance and restaurants this Valentine's Day.

A new survey of OpenTable diners revealed that restaurants’ popularity is on the rise as a destination on and around February 14, with nearly 90% of respondents planning to dine out. While a lot of us will be dining out on February 14th, nearly a third of folks are going to spend Saturday celebrating.

Speaking of spending, deep feelings yield deep pockets, especially in Washington, D.C. Nearly 90 percent of respondents nationwide plan to spend more or about the same amount as last year with 58 percent planning to spend $100 to $200 — and 12 percent plan to spend more than $200! However, of the diners who said they plan to spend more this year than last, the highest percentage of respondents hailed from Washington D.C. (25 percent), followed by Baltimore (24 percent) and Miami (23 percent). In other words, if you’re in the market for a fellow foodie whose idea of a great date is a great meal, you now know where to look.

While 70 percent of diners planned to book comfortably ahead of time, nearly 19 percent will wait until this week. If you’re one of these diners who are still searching for the right restaurant, check out our Diners’ Choice Top Ten Most Romantic Restaurants lists in a metropolitan area near you. You can also research specials and menu details for February 14 at www.opentable.com/valentines to find one the perfect place.

Cheers to Wednesday’s Winner of Our ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway!

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Torisha celebrated her best friend's birthday in style in the Windy City.

Congratulations to Torisha Strong of Houston, Texas, from all of us at OpenTable and Limos.com. She’s won Wednesday’s OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway prize package. Torisha will receive a $200 AMEX gift card plus a limousine ride, courtesy of Limos.com. We’re not sure whom she’s going to select to come along for the ride, but it’s safe to say that now would be a good time to campaign for a seat in her limo.

There’s still one last prize package to be awarded. If you haven’t already, upload your entry to the OpenTable Flickr group today! Tune in later today when we announce the fourth and final winner. And, check out the Limos.com second-chance sweepstakes on their blog for another way to win!

And, Tuesday’s OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Prize Goes to…

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Susan writes, "We haven't been in a limo since our wedding day, October 23, 1982! I'd love to surprise my husband with another limo ride after 28 years of married life! Hope we have at least another 28 more!"

On behalf of everyone at OpenTable and Limos.com, congratulations to Susan Degutis of Mokena, Illinios, on being the lucky winner of Tuesday’s OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway prize package. Susan — and the lucky guy in the limo, to whom she is happily married — will receive a $200 AMEX gift card plus a limousine ride, courtesy of Limos.com.

There are still two more prize packages to be awarded. If you haven’t already, upload your entry to the OpenTable Flickr group today! Tune in again tomorrow as we announce the third winner. And, check out the Limos.com second-chance sweepstakes on their blog for another way to win!

Congratulations to the First Winner of the OpenTable + Limos.com Giveaway!

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Lucky winner David Slack will ride in style, courtesy of Limos.com, and dine out on OpenTable's dime!

Congratulations to David Slack of San Francisco (our hometown!) on winning the first OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway prize package. David will receive a $200 AMEX gift card plus a limousine ride, courtesy of Limos.com.

Jealous? There are still three more prize packages to be awarded. If you haven’t already, upload your entry to the OpenTable Flickr group today! Tune in again tomorrow as we announce the second winner. And, check out the Limos.com second-chance sweepstakes on their blog for another way to win!

One More Way to Win on Valentine’s Day, Courtesy of the Limos.com Sweepstakes

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There's an even better chance that this could be you on Valentine's Day, thanks to the Limos.com sweepstakes!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and for many of us that spells just one thing: p-r-e-s-s-u-r-e.

For a lot of folks, V-day means stepping it up for an ultimate date night. When it comes to taking your valentine out for an unforgettable night, there are two surefire bets: dinner at a fantastic restaurant AND having someone else drive you there. Think about it: No worrying about parking PLUS no hassles with traffic. If you decide to indulge with a fantastic bottle of wine or a cocktail (or two), there’s nothing stopping you. In other words, you get less time spent worrying and more time spent celebrating.

Like the idea? Well, you’re in luck — Limos.com just happens to be giving away lots of opportunities to make this valentine’s dream come true. All this week, they’re giving away limos in not one, but TWO sweepstakes!

Here’s how to enter: Post on the Limos.com Facebook page why you’d love a limo and be entered in our Valentine’s Limo-a-Day sweepstakes

Read more about the sweepstakes, here.

Or, if you have some great pictures of a Valentine’s Day – or any other day – made better with a limo, share them on the OpenTable Flickr group and be entered to win one of four limo + $200 AMEX gift card packages from OpenTable and Limos.com.

And, if you don’t win one of the giveaways, you can still be winner with a reservation from OpenTable and a stylish, chauffeured ride from Limos.com.

Jennifer Fisher is the online marketing manager for Limos.com.

Enter the OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway Today!

Pimp My Valentine Enter the OpenTable + Limos.com Pimp My Valentines Day Giveaway Today!
You can leave the driving and the parking to a professional, thanks to Limos.com.

We’ve teamed up with Limos.com to pimp your Valentine’s Day this year! Share a fun photo of you with or in a limo on the OpenTable Flickr group for a chance to win one of the four limousine rides + $200 AMEX gift card packages we’ll be giving away every day for four days, starting Monday, February 7, 2011 through Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Consider the ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ contest a fun opportunity to dig through your favorite prom, wedding, and night-on-the-town pictures. And, if you don’t have a photo of yourself hanging out in or standing with a limo, go take one and upload it to the group using the Flickr mobile app! Or, get creative with Photoshop! Just remember to keep your photos suitable for public consumption (After all, we don’t want to ruin anyone’s appetite!).

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Top Chef Contender Tiffany Derry Tells (Almost) All to The Daily Sip’s Eric Arnold

Tiffany Derry Top Chef Contender Tiffany Derry Tells (Almost) All to The Daily Sips Eric Arnold
Chef Tiffany Derry wisely dodged Eric Arnold's questions about Angelo's mail-order bride.

Once more, OT’s usual commentators on the most recent edition of Top Chef – Caroline Potter and Ed Cotton — are both out of town – and Top Chef is a re-run. Fortunately, I was able to secure an anything-goes interview with former and current Top Chef-testant Tiffany Derry (who is also out of town but not away from a phone). If you don’t remember me, Eric Arnold, I’m the editor of The Daily Sip, a free, wine-centric e-newsletter; and you can usually find me waxing about the wines of New Zealand–and other booze-related topics – herehere, and here. As for Chef Tiffany Derry, when she’s not on your television screen or out of the country, she is the Executive Chef of the upcoming Private Social restaurant in Dallas [Ed. Note: We hope Private Social will be featured on OpenTable.]

We hear you’re out of the country. Where are you right now, and what’s the greatest thing you’ve eaten?

I am off enjoying some much-needed family time. I am a foie gras-head and it was done at Brennan’s Restaurant in Houston, Texas. They did this praline foie with French toast — and it was the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

Last week was pretty lopsided, and the front-of-the-house person always has a big bull’s eye on him or her. Did you think Padma was going to tell you to pack up and go, or were you confident you’d hang on?

I am never confident when I am on the bottom. Sometimes you hear things slightly different from what they actually said. I honestly did not feel like it should have been me. I brought back so many plates of food and had so many bad comments that it was very overwhelming. I did the best I could to not show all the drama that was going on in the back of the house.

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50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the US: OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award 2011

Most Romantic Restaurants 2011 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the US: OpenTable Diners Choice Award 2011
Did your favorite romantic spot make this year's list?

With less than three weeks until Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to announce the 50 winners of the 2011 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for Most Romantic Restaurants. The list of winners is derived from 7 million+ reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

California is the stand-out state on the list, with nine Golden State restaurants earning spots; New York is home to just four winners, which begs the question, “Should Sleepless in Seattle have culminated atop the Golden Gate Bridge rather than the Empire State Building?” And, while we normally associate French and Italian foods with romance (see Julie & Julia and Lady and the Tramp), this list proves that home is where the heart is: American cuisine accounted for 14 slots on the list. If you follow our Diners’ Choice Awards each year, you’ll know how very romantical our diners find fondue — and that’s still true; melted cheese and chocolate continue to inspire amore.

A perfect guide to help you plan your best Valentine’s Day dining experiences yet, this list ensures you’ll book a table that would make Cupid proud!